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September 14, 2013

All-Americans highlight Hartwick's Class of 2013

The Daily Star

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Four-time All-America men’s soccer selection Tony Elia and five other former Hartwick College standouts will be inducted into the Hawks’ Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 12.

Hartwick’s Class of 2013 also features Nicole Fish, Sheri Kelleher, Sheri Johnson, Tyler Hemming and Lindy Crea. The six will be inducted during a ceremony that will start at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 on Miller Court, which is outside Hartwick’s Binder Physical Education Center.

Cost to attend the dinner is $60 per person. Advanced registration is required. For more information, call Jaime Dalton at 607-431-4530 or email

After the ceremony, Hartwick’s Hall will be home to 131 former student-athletes, coaches, teams and supporters.

Tony Elia

Elia, who graduated in 1971, is one of 11 Hartwick men’s soccer players to earn All-America honors more than once. He’s also one of a select few in the history of college soccer to win four All-America awards.

Elia transferred from Mitchell Junior College, where he was named to the NJCAA All-American Second Team in 1967 and First Team in 1968. At Hartwick, he helped the program to a two-year record of 24-3-1 highlighted by 16 shutouts and a 106-22 goal differential.

A midfielder from Hawthorne, N.J., Elia finished the 1969 season with five goals and a team-best 10 assists to help the Warriors to a 10-2-1 record and an appearance in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Elia earned First Team All-Region and All-America accolades that season.

Elia went on to score in NCAA tournament victories over Columbia and Harvard, the latter win leading Hartwick to its first Final Four appearance in 1970. Hartwick started that season 14-0. Elia ended up with All-Region honors and made the All-America Second Team.

Nicole Fish

Fish (Class of 2000) helped Hartwick’s field hockey team to three NCAA tournament appearances, four New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association berths, two state titles and 65 victories from 1996-1999.

In her first season, Fish had nine goals and two assists as the Hawks won 20 games and an NYSWCAA Championship, and made a run to the NCAA Division III Tournament title game.

She had eight goals and six assists in 1998, contributing to a second state crown in three years and a return trip to the national tournament. Fish earned NYSWCAA First Team and National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Region First Team honors.

The Hawks also made it to the NCAAs in her senior season, when she had 12 goals and 25 points, First Team All-State and All-Region selections and an NFHCA Third Team All-America honor.

Sheri Kelleher

South New Berlin native Kelleher (2004) was the first Hartwick runner to earn All-America honors. She is a five-time All-American who won 21 New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships and broke 20 Hartwick indoor and outdoor track records combined.

Kelleher swept all 16 indoor and outdoor conference crowns in the 200- and 400-meter runs over the course of her four seasons. She also won five titles in the 1,600.

Kelleher competed at the NCAA D-III Indoor Championships in the 400 in 2002 (fourth), 2003 (sixth), and 2004 (fourth), earning All-America accolades in each appearance. She also took eighth in 2002 and fifth in 2003 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for two more All-America finishes.

Additionally, Kelleher had 15 goals and six assists in four seasons of women’s soccer. She twice earned Empire 8 Conference Second Team honors and helped the Hawks to the 2003 NYSWCAA Championship.

Hartwick selected Kelleher as its 2001 Freshman Athlete of the Year and 2003 Female Athlete of the Year. She also won the E8’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2004.

Sheri Johnson

Johnson (2004) was the second Hartwick water polo player to earn All-America honors. She played from 2001-2004 and finished as the program leader in points (355), goals (264) and steals (231) while helping the team to a record of 103-43 and four Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division Championships.

As a junior, Johnson had 55 goals and 18 assists en route to Northern Division Player of the Year and American Water Polo Coaches Association All-America honorable mention accolades.

The following season, Johnson had 85 goals and 18 assists, helping the Hawks to a program-record 33 wins, their first CWPA Eastern title and their first NCAA tournament appearance. Johnson earned Eastern Championships Most Valuable Player and Third Team All-America that season.

Tyler Hemming

Men’s soccer player Hemming (2007) helped the Hawks to a 49-21-7 record from 2003-2006. The London, Ontario, native was named the Atlantic Soccer Conference Most Valuable Player in 2005 and 2006. He also made the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas All-Region First Team.

Hemming helped Hartwick to an NCAA tournament appearance as a junior and led the Hawks in goals (10) and points (21) as a senior. Despite playing on the back line, he finished with 16 goals and four assists in 57 games.

Hemming was drafted by Toronto FC as the 40th pick in the 2007 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft and made seven appearances for the club. He made a pair of appearances for the Canadian National Team and has suited up in Europe for Tampere United in Finland’s top league, Veikkausliiga.

Hemming also had stints with the United Soccer Leagues’ Charleston Battery, Austin Aztex, and the USSF D2 Pro League’s Montreal Impact. He is a member of Forest City London Football Club of the USL Premier Development League.

Lindy Crea

Binghamton native Crea (2007) served the Hartwick football team as a running back and kick returner from 2003-2007. He was a three-time Football Gazette First Team All-America winner, as well as a three-time All-Region and three-time E8 honoree.

In the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Crea led the country in all-purpose yards per game, finishing as D-III statistical champion in the category. In his final season, he helped the Hawks to an 8-3 year that included their first E8 title and first NCAA appearance.

Crea finished with a program-record 7,478 all-purpose yards. He ranks in the top three all-time in rushing yards (3,409), rushing touchdowns (38), kickoff return yards (1,843), and kickoff return yards for touchdown (3).

Crea was the fourth college player in the history of the NCAA to amass more than 2,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards, joining NFL players Darrin Nelson, Brian Westbrook and Mewelde Moore.